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August 3, 2021

Over 100,000 on pilgrimage to Sumuleu Ciuc

About 115,000 Romanian and foreign pilgrims attended Saturday a Whitsuntide religious service on the Sumuleu Ciuc Hill, near the town of Miercurea Ciuc, officiated by Franciscan monk Bojte Csaba. Some of the nearly 115,000 pilgrims attending the service were dressed in traditional folk costumes and carried religious flags of their home places, or Szekler or Hungarian flags. Franciscan monk Bojte Csaba expressed his gratitude for the large number of attending pilgrims. After the service, the Hungarian and Szekler anthems were sung. Many of the pilgrims walked for tens of kilometres, and some, who came from Slovakia or Hungary, even longer distances, to attend the event.

Jose Rodriguez Carballo, head of the Franciscan Order throughout the world, the Hungarian Deputy Premier and Defence Minister, Semjen Zsolt and Hende Csaba, also attended the service. The Catholic pilgrimage at Sumuleu Ciuc, the biggest in Central and Eastern Europe, dates back to the 15th century.

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